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Middle School

Sixth Grade

Program duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (3 activities: 35 minutes each)

Sum of Its Parts
As students design their own riverfront property they explore how communities impact watersheds. This activity demonstrates how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as it flows through a watershed and emphasizes that everyone’s impact can be reduced if we all work together.

Seeing Watersheds
Students learn about the importance of environmental stewardship as they explore a map of their local watershed and understand how humans can positively and negatively impact the health of our water supply. Through this mapping activity they gain an understanding of watershed boundaries, tributaries and how water travels through our environment.

Dilemma Derby
Fruit or candy? The Dilemma Derby presentation is a fun interactive game that aims to show students how the choices they make every day can affect the world around them. Giving students scenario cards, they will be able to analyze situations and make the right choices. Concluding the activity we will discuss some of the situations students were in and the choices they made showing them the benefits and consequences of their choices.

 

Seventh and Eighth Grade

Program duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (3 activities: 35 minutes each)

Hidden Water
This program explores the concept of a water footprint as students learn about the differences between direct and indirect water use. After a brief slide show the students divide into teams and investigate how much water it takes to make many of the products they use every day and look at various menus to calculate the water used to create food that we eat. The program ends with a discussion on local and global water use and how we can reduce our water footprint every day.

Plastic Voyages
After a brief introductory slideshow students divide into teams and take part in a hands-on activity. They will identify and describe sources of marine debris, describe the potential effects of plastic waste on aquatic wildlife and habitat and identify specific actions we can all take to remedy the problem.

Discover California Water
After an overview of our State’s water supply system, students learn about Santa Clara County’s water sources as they play an interactive board game that also tests their knowledge of California’s complex system of aqueducts, reservoirs and water science.

Parts Per Billion
Through this hands-on science activity students gain a better understanding of the efforts involved in meeting our strict drinking water quality standards as they learn about maximum contamination levels of potential pollutants. Grave Mistake Students analyze data to solve a mystery and identify the source of a health hazard and a potential polluter.

Seeing Watersheds
Students learn about the importance of environmental stewardship as they explore a map of their local watershed and understand how humans can positively and negatively impact the health of our water supply. Through this mapping activity they gain an understanding of watershed boundaries, tributaries and how water travels through our environment.